A THIEF who targeted two elderly shoppers because he was "out of it" on a legal high has been jailed for a year.

Arran Cowles, 25, stole bags from women aged 79 and 75 as they shopped at Asda and Tesco, Barnsley Magistrates' Court was told.

The bag belonging to the 79-year-old had a ring given to her by her late husband which was of sentimental value, said Jayne Ormrod, prosecuting.

She said both victims had since had trouble sleeping. One of the women, who is undergoing treatment for skin cancer, said she felt like she had aged ten years overnight.

Mrs Ormrod said Cowles, of Richard Road, Athersley South, recalled little about either theft because he was "out of it" after taking a legal high.

Cowles also stole tobacco from a shop when a card had been declined.